New Haven singer-songwriter Xavier Serrano writes acoustic guitar music carried by a characteristically smooth vocal croon and a cryptic lyrical edge. Since 2017, the New Haven musician has kept plenty busy releasing the excellent Child EP with his band Kindred Queer and a series of solo releases of his own: Pierpont St. Ad Libs, Sketches for Cernunnos, and Dire Straits.
Recently, Serrano has announced a new album, Bell Chimes of Yesteryear, and has shared two new songs: “Trapped” and “As a Human”. While “As a Human” is consistent with the relative minimalism of his earlier solo EPs, “Trapped” slowly escalates from its solitary acoustic roots to a subtly intricate finale of intertwining guitar work, complementary drums, and reverberated vocal intonations.